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Insider Tip: “We want participants to experience not only the beauty of our islands and the amazing food, but also the culture and aloha spirit that embody what we represent here. They become culinary ambassadors for the state, sharing our story through food.” — Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi, founder and CEO, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.
Bursting With FlavorIn its seventh year, the multi-island Hawaii Food & Wine Festival (HawaiiFoodAndWineFestival.com) will roll out from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5 with a bounty of epicurean events helmed by 100-plus international chefs, mixologists and wine/spirits producers. Oahu’s HFWF events are slated for Nov. 1-5.
On Nov. 1, Our Kakaako’s Raw & Wild in the Tank will showcase gurus flaunting distinctive dishes that merge edibles foraged, fished and found from the mountains to ocean. Popping onto the Hawaii Convention Center’s rooftop on Nov. 3, Uncorked will have oenophiles cheering vinos perfectly paired with sensations prepped by esteemed gourmands.
A debut event, however, overflows with potential for icon status. HFWF has challenged mixologists to concoct the next generation of the Mai Tai, Chi Chi and Blue Hawaiian in the 21st Century Hawaiian Cocktail Competition, held Nov. 4 at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. To purchase tickets, visit the event website.
Royal TreatmentDowntown Honolulu’s Iolani Palace becomes even more regal on Friday afternoons when the Royal Hawaiian Band (RHB-Music.com) lights up the grounds’ gazebo. Founded in 1836 by King Kamehameha III, the band symbolizes Hawaii’s rich monarchial past and adaptive melodic history.